American actress Carrie Fisher is perhaps best known as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. She was born in Beverly Hills, California on October 21, 1956, to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Despite her parents’ divorce when she was two, she followed her parents’ career paths, joining her mother’s performances in Las Vegas at age 12. She appeared in plays such as Irene, which starred her mother.
After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 comedy Shampoo, which starred Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. In 1977, she starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas’ sci-fi film Star Wars, appearing opposite Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. The film’s success gave her international fame. She reprised the role in the next two Star Wars films: 1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She also appeared in films such as Under the Rainbow, Garbo Talks, and a cameo appearance in The Blues Brothers.
In 1987, Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, which fictionalized and satirized events in her life. The book became a bestseller, and earned her a Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. She also wrote the novel’s film adaptation, which was released in 1990, and starred Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine. In 1989, she starred alongside Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, and alongside Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs.
Fisher also appeared in other films such as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Scream 3 and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She also appeared in television programs such as Frasier, Jack & Bobby, Weeds, and more notably, as a judge in the reality series On the Lot. She also published three more novels: 1991’s Surrender the Pink, 1993’s Delusions of Grandma, and 2004’s The Best Awful There Is.
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